Today I am away bringing you a few new items from my kitchen, in my feature 'That’s What I Call New'.
This is the third instalment and I have been sent a few of these, free to try out and some that I have purchased myself and love, so wanted to share with you!
Firstly we have these healthier Get Fruity bars I was sent to try out. They are made from fruit and oats and come in at around 135 to 145 calories each. There are three varieties to choose from – Juicy Apricot, Orange and Ginger, Moist Mixed Berry and Scrumptious Strawberry.
I took these into work for a wee sampling session and the results were varied. Some folk did not like the grainy texture and others didn’t mind them. But overall, no-one was blown away by them. My own thoughts were, they were okay, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase them if I was in the mood for a healthy break snack.
If you fancy giving them a try they have a stockist locator on their website, but unfortunately there is nowhere near me (i.e. Scotland) currently! You can pick them up on Amazon or Ocado however for about £2.80 for a box of four.
Next I was sent a pdf copy of the new Total Greek Yoghurt Cook book by Sophie Michell. I haven’t had a chance to try any recipes from it yet, but I do use Total yoghurt a lot in my baking. The book itself is split into ‘Small Plates and Soups’, ‘Main Plates’ and ‘Sweet Plates, Shakes & Smoothies’.
There is lots of inspiration in these pages and I particularly like the look of the Lemon and Blueberry Trifle which I may give a go over the festive season. The book is available on Amazon at £15.19 for a hardback copy.
A few weeks back I was sent a multi cooker from a Russian company called Redmond. I was asked if I would like to review it which I gladly agreed to. The premise of machine that can steam, fry, cook pasta, stew, slow cook, bake, make soups, quick cook rice etc. was too good to turn down.
However, when I opened the box, the ‘100 Recipes’ cookbook which was supposed to be supplied was not there. Also, the only plug that came with it was a European plug. I contacted the company asking if they provide UK plugs (as I didn’t fancy cooking with it plugged into my shaver socket!) and can I please get the promised cookbook, but to date I have had no reply. Also on the unit itself, there is a warning sticker.
Well, presumably a warning sticker as it is in red with an exclamation mark, but it is in Russian. So I have no idea what I am being warned against. Should I get a response from Redmond, I will attempt to cook in it and let you know!
I was also contacted by a catering supply company asking if I would like to browse their online catalogue and select an item. Buy Catering carry an extensive range of catering equipment from commercial displays for baked goods, industrial equipment such as mixers, to paper cups and cutlery and utensils. It is an extensive range at a good price. I personally chose a catering thermometer which has a range of -39.9 to 149.9C. I will use this for my Christmas turkey this year and will try using it out when boiling sugar instead of my candy thermometer. Visit the website to check out the Buy Catering range.
This one I picked up in my local Sainsbury’s recently. I loved it so much, I had to tell you about it. It’s a range of concentrated fruit teas that you pour into a mug and top up with hot water. They come in Apple, Ginger and Spice ‘hotty’, Blackberry, Apple and Plum ‘hotty’, Honey and Lemon ‘hotty’ and the one I tried Rhubarb, Apple and Cinnamon ‘hotty’. It was delicious. I am not a huge fan of fruity tea bags, but this was like a hot cup of warming, spicy juice – perfect for the winter months. All drinks come in at under 28 calories too, for the health conscious among us. The bottles come in two sizes 110 ml which makes 10 drinks and retails at £2.50 and a 220 ml bottle which makes 20 drinks and retails at £3.95.
They did have a range on the shelves of concentrates for making iced teas, but they are not on the website at the moment, so may be a seasonal thing.
Disclosure Statement: I received some of these items free to review. I was not expected to write positive reviews. Any opinions expressed are my own.